August 21, 2013, A variety of Assessments for a Diverse Student Body

Posted by The Tablet on 21 August 2013.

by Diane Phelan

During the 2012-2013 academic year, teachers throughout the state implemented instructional shifts in their classrooms to meet the demands of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, which provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. These standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers.

Over the course of a school year within the Diocese of Brooklyn, students are assessed both formally and informally in our schools to guide the instructional cycle. Teachers and students benefit from assessments, but no one test or assessment can tell the whole “story” regarding student achievement. To this end, schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn use “multiple measures” of assessment to determine what students know and are able to do and to redirect the learner and lead students toward higher achievement. Read more »

July, 2013 Historic Fort Greene Building to Become Second Largest Green Roof in NYC

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School will have the second largest Green Roof in Brooklyn by the end of July 2013.  The NYC Department of Environmental Protection selected Bishop Loughlin, located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, as the site for an ambitious green roof project.   The project is funded through the Green Infrastructure Grant Program and will have a significant impact for both Bishop Loughlin and the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill community. Read more »

June, 2013 State History Day Champions at Sacred Heart of Bayside

Congratulations to the students of Sacred Heart School in Bayside for their award-winning history projects!  Each year, more than half of a million students participate in National History Day by choosing a historical topic and conducting a research presentation. This presentation is not simply a couple weeks of work, or even a semester.  Students conducting this research commit themselves to it for the entire year.

Fourteen students from the school competed in the local History Day Competition and half of them made it to States (all students listed with photo).  Jenna Alma, Robyn Alma, Sienna DeBenedittis and Christine McLaughlin won third place in the State competition as well as the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Award for Irish History for their research on the Irish Potato Famine.  Students Gabrielle Vance, Kathryn Pender, and Maria Caminiti will move on to present at National History Day in Washington D.C. Read more »

CultureFest celebrates Community Diversity with Dynamic Performances

Contact: Karen Allim
Phone: Home (347) 392-4536,  School (718) 641-1316

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy (OLCA) partners with performing artists to celebrate the cultural and artistic heritage of the school and community with a dynamic Parade of Nations on June 1st and 2nd.

Jamaica Drum Jam, an organization that brings music education and performances to low and moderate income individuals in Jamaica, Queens, and surrounding neighborhoods in New York City, will be working with our students to lead a Latin American Samba, a West African Read more »

April 11th, 2013, Common Core Assessments in Catholic School

“Without professional development, we would never be 21st century schools,” commenced Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools at the St. John Neumann Principal Professional Development Day at Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy on April 11th, 2013.

“The day was very informative and offered principals many suggestions regarding Common Core assessments and the rigor and instructional shifts needed in order to ensure academic achievement for all students,” stated Diane Phelan, Associate Superintendent for Evaluation of Programs and Students. Read more »